The Public Administration Electronic Marketplace (MEPA), is a tool that supports purchases below the community threshold (137,000 euros for central administrations and 211,000 euros for local authorities) and promotes SME participation in the Program.
It's a selective electronic marketplace in which authorized suppliers offer their goods and services directly on-line. Registered buyers (Public Administrations) consult its catalogues and can make either a direct purchase order or request for offer.
The MEPA allows for the purchase of goods that would not be efficiently sold through framework contracts on account of their specific characteristics (e.g., non-standardised goods) or of the requirements they are intended to meet (e.g., fractioned, frequent, small and specific service-option purchases). The MEPA offers both goods that are not offered in the framework contracts (e.g., office supplies, IT and electrical supplies, accessories and clothing), or goods that are similar to those offered in the framework contracts, but with a different purchasing process.
For any further information regarding the 4th European eGovernment Awards and its five winners click here.
In order to read the motivations of the jury check the document below.
|Quaderni Consip - Leonardo Bertini e Anna Vidoni: "The Electronic Marketplace of the Public Administration - MEPA. Scenario, Operation and Trends" (pdf - 1,63 Mb)|
|European eGovernment Awards - Winners 2009 (pdf - 5,78 Mb)|